Chili and Beer-Braised Catfish

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a quick, tasty and different alternative to fried catfish. Tomatoes, beer, chili powder, garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce and a shot of Tabasco combine in a delicious simmering sauce. This makes a lot of sauce; I like to save what isn't used and add a few impromptu ingredients for a nice homemade seafood stew.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large plastic ziplock bag, combine flour, chili powder, garlic and salt.
  2. Add catfish pieces and coat thoroughly.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown catfish on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove fish to a plate; set aside.
  5. Add onions to skillet and cook for about 5 minutes or until turning golden.
  6. Add beer, tomatoes with their juices, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce; simmer together about 5 minutes, then return browned catfish to skillet and simmer uncovered until done, turning occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

excellent and simple to make. a little spicy for me but maybe because I only used it for 2 filets.

rwhiteman March 03, 2013

Big hit with my family. I used Rotel instead of the tomatoes and tobasco, as other readers suggested. Also I kept the catfish fillets whole instead of cutting them up. It turned out beautifully. I think the leftovers will be even better, as the fish will soak up even more of the flavor of the simmering sauce.

Crisci June 14, 2010

I wasn't a big fan of this. The fish ended up pretty mushy.

MaddieLC May 10, 2010